S4M-04795: Family Support in the Calton

13 Nov 2012

S4M-04795 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates Aberlour Childcare Trust on successfully launching its new Family Support Service in the Calton area of Glasgow; notes that the service will build on Aberlour’s 20 years of work with families affected by substance use and offer short and long-term residential family rehabilitation programmes in a 12-flatted custom-built development to vulnerable families across the city; recognises the partnership between Aberlour and Thenue Housing Association, which has enabled this project to become a reality; notes what it considers the unique and holistic nature of support offered by the service in its focus on the needs and challenges faced by every member of the family, and applauds what it believes is the vital contribution of voluntary sector organisations such as Aberlour in its work with Glasgow addiction services and other statutory partners to mitigate the harmful effects of substance misuse on family life.

S4M-04673: ABP Foods Turns its Back on Shettleston

02 Nov 2012

S4M-04673 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament expresses disappointment and frustration at ABP Foods’ announcement on 2 November 2012 that it is to close the Freshlink sausage factory in Shettleston and relocate production to Yorkshire; considers that a tremendous amount of work has been carried out by Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government, Clyde Gateway, numerous public agencies and politicians from across the political divide in trying to save the 145 jobs at the factory; is particularly disappointed by what it sees as ABP Foods’ lack of willingness to engage effectively with the task force; considers that this was demonstrated by the company sending only a junior member of staff to the task force meetings throughout the entire process, and calls on major supermarkets and customers in Scotland to review their relationship with ABP Foods, which, it believes, has treated staff and Glasgow’s east end with a complete lack of respect or concern.

S4M-04470: Glasgow 2014, Scotland’s Time To Shine

12 Oct 2012

S4M-04470 # John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes the third and most recent visit to Glasgow of the Co-ordination Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to receive a progress report on preparations for Glasgow 2014; welcomes the comments of CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson, who said “the fact that a number of venues are either completed or are nearing completion, provides the CGF with significant confidence in the ability of Glasgow to deliver a successful Games”; considers that Glasgow 2014 is significantly regenerating Glasgow’s east end, as well as the city itself, and that it will provide tangible economic, social and cultural benefits for Scotland, which it considers will be ready to host this great event.

S4M-04456: Families Need Fathers

10 Oct 2012

S4M-04456 ♦ John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s national parenting strategy, National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children and young people through parenting; considers that parenting is one of the most important jobs that anyone could have in their life; welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to developing a national parenting strategy that includes an investment of £18 million to improve access to information, advice and support for parents; notes the comments from Families Need Fathers, which, following the publication of the strategy, said that it “welcomes the emphasis on fathers in this new strategy, including fathers who live apart from their children”, and considers that Glasgow and Scotland as a whole would benefit from a debate on the role of fathers and their rights and responsibilities.